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74 Gannets in the rain
WIN a Holiday Package
"A spot of rain won't stop a fantastic
adventure" Judy of Tauranga
The Gannet Beach Adventures tractor and trailer trip is one of the iconic must do trips for
visitors to Hawkes Bay. The gannets can be viewed from mid-October to late April. The
tractor and trailer tours run once a day but the times vary subject to low tide.
Departing from Clifton Beach, 25 kms south of Napier, the guided tour takes 4 hours and
the ride gives people the opportunity to experience amazing close-ups on the geology, bird
life and the largest most accessible gannet colony in the world. There are 4 main colonies
at Cape Kidnappers with over 17,000 nesting birds.
The tractors stop for a 90 minute break at Cape Kidnappers that gives visitors time spend
at the largest Black reef colony, to walk up to the Plateau colony ( 25 minutes walk), or to
enjoy a picnic at the DOC reserve which has picnic tables, toilets and information boards.
The Australasian Gannet (takapu) is a member of the booby family and they return each
year to Cape Kidnappers to nest. Gannet pairs mate for life and produce one chick each
season. When the chick is approximately 16 weeks old it will take its first migratory flight
to Australia, returning to its birthing area 3-5 years later.) The tractor and trailer trip is a
great day out for families.
If you have a great Hawke's Bay experience like this, share your in-SITE and you could
win a fantastic prize package. To enter visit the Napier i-SITE website - www.napiercity.co.nz
"We spent two glorious days at Napier travelling with another
couple visiting from Australia. We visited wineries and rode
on the tractor to Cape Kidnappers even though it was raining.
It was fun and interesting with a great crew. We took in the
magnificent views at Te Mata Peak and enjoyed an Art Deco
tour and even played minigolf at Par2 Minigolf on Marine
Parade. There is so much more to do and see, we would love the
opportunity to return to Hawke's Bay. Everyone was friendly
and helpful. Thanks to the helpful staff at the i-SITE."
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Protecting our natural beauty
Outstanding: Iconic Te Mata Peak is protected under the Hastings District Plan.
Landscape Character Areas' in
the Hastings District:
Te Mata Peak -- West and east
Mount Erin -- Kohinurakau
Whakaari Headland --Tangoio
Kaweka and Ruahine Ranges
Lake Tutira Basin
Few would argue against Te Mata
Peak or Cape Kidnappers being
officially classified as outstand-
ing landscape areas''.
But Hastings District Council
wants to hear whether residents
consider there are other natural
features and landscapes that
should be afforded similar protec-
tion under its district plan.
Council has produced a Natural
Areas discussion document for
public feedback as part of a review
of its district plan, expected to be
completed by 2013.
The document looks at the
future management of the dis-
trict's outstanding and significant
features; the management of the
land surrounding rivers and lakes,
known as esplanade reserves and
strips; the region's indigenous
vegetation areas, and the charac-
ter of coastal areas.
Council says iconic landmarks
such as Te Mata Peak, Cape
Kidnappers, the Tukituki Valley
and Ocean Beach as well as areas
of indigenous vegetation are likely
to come under increasing pressure
as population increases and urban
Council is planning for a
sustainable future for Hastings
and it's vitally important that we
hear from our community, about
what it is they value,'' said Dis-
trict Plan working party chair-
man, councillor Mick Lester.
We live in a very special part of
New Zealand, with its iconic
landscapes, significant wetlands
and some of the most beautiful
coastal areas in the country. To
ensure we maintain the integrity
of district and the quality of our
environment, it's essential that we
Homes quake risk
Hundreds of Housing New Zealand
tenants in Hawke's Bay are living in
homes that are potentially earth-
quake prone, Housing NZ has con-
There are 23 Housing NZ build-
ings in Napier, and a further 23 in
the Hastings district that could
potentially be seriously damaged in
The Napier buildings are in
Napier South, Maraenui and
Onekawa, and the Hastings homes
are in the suburbs of Mahora, May-
fair, Camberley, Raureka, Akina and
Housing NZ would not supply indi-
vidual addresses due to privacy
Housing NZ general manager of
asset redevelopment Sean Bignell
said all residential buildings
designed prior to 1976 that contained
two or more storeys, or held three or
more household units, were con-
sidered potentially earthquake
With around 150 individual
tenancies in the multiple dwelling
buildings, including families, the
number of residents affected in
Hawke's Bay would be in the hun-
Housing New Zealand has
already advised tenants living in
potentially earthquake prone build-
ings that, like other owners of com-
mercial and residential buildings, we
will be inspecting these buildings to
assess the . . . strength of the build-
ing in a moderate earthquake,'' said
Buildings in Hawke's Bay will all
be inspected within the next six
weeks to two months,'' he said. A
national plan will be developed to
address those buildings confirmed as
at risk', Mr Bignell said.
They would be brought up to the
earthquake standards of the Build-
ing Act 2004 or the standards of local
councils, whichever was highest.
The result could be the demolition
of some homes.
Tenants can call Housing NZ's cus-
tomer service line: 0800 801 601.
The HBS Bank Summer in the Parks free con-
certs are back on at Cornwall Park in Hastings
this month. The first, Ceilidh at Cornwall, was
held at the weekend. The next instalment will be
Country at Cornwall this Sunday at 3pm,
featuring The Fletcher Whanau.
After that is Legends at Cornwall on February
19, with Mid Life Crisis, and JR and The Mirrors.
The final concert on February 26, Jazz at
Cornwall, stars the Hawke's Bay Big Band.
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